Ageing is a gradual process which for some people creates new challenges and for others can pose some restrictions and adjustments. As with all stages in life, good health and general well–being are very important in this process.
Understandably, growing old with a diagnosis of epilepsy can pose additional challenges. Some of these challenges may be associated with the medical aspects of controlling epilepsy, others may be associated with the fear and anxiety of having to cope with both old age and a chronic condition.
This may result in loss of independence, confusion and social isolation. However, with increased understanding of this condition, with new medications, new tests and treatment methods, combined with recognition of the importance of a healthy lifestyle, the outlook for older people with epilepsy is more encouraging today.